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Mario's Catalina

Cuban Restaurant and Argentinian Restaurant
Poinsettia Heights, Fort Lauderdale
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7.7/10
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  • anastasia g.
    "best plantains and sangria!! an awesome find in ft lauderdale"(5 Tips)
    Jean T.
    "Ham croquettes & empanadas delicious :)"(3 Tips)
    Hannah W.
    "Great food, sangria, and mojitos."(2 Tips)
    Juan P.
    "Great food, great wine selection and amazing desserts!"(3 Tips)
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  • Eva A.
    Eva AJune 5
    What a disappointment. The paella was extremely salty and the rice was overcooked and looked more like a soup. Wont be going back to this place.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MendezFebruary 14
    The plantains and the palomilla were perfect
  • Lakeysha T.
    Lakeysha ThompsonFebruary 22, 2015
    The Marios beef dish is one of the most memorable, most delicious dishes I have ever had!
  • Rhonda J.
    Rhonda JoyJanuary 4, 2015
    Fabulous food, beautiful inside!!
  • Raspete J.
    Raspete JorgeOctober 5, 2014
    Prices are a bit expensive, but the service is good. The crew really take care of their customers... (Sometimes so much)
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach
    You'll have the time of your life at Mario's busy, happy Cuban/Spanish restaurant, but don't fool around: Make a reservation.
  • Fort Lauderdale M.
    The food is a combination of Cuban & Spanish favorites, like roasted pork with caramelized plantains - http://flmag.com/restaurant-guide/mario%E2%80%99s-catalina-restaurant#sthash.e9uyflir.dpuf
  • Jose A.
    Jose AyalaJanuary 20, 2014
    Watch out! The food is mediocre, and very expensive for Cuban. The owner also tried a "bait and switch" on me, charging me $150 gift certificates that I didn't ask for. Total scam.
  • anastasia g.
    anastasia guletskyJanuary 5, 2014
    best plantains and sangria!! an awesome find in ft lauderdale
  • Donald B.
    Donald BurkeJanuary 1, 2014
    Everything is delicious.
  • Hannah W.
    Hannah WillmottDecember 25, 2013
    Absolutely fantastic. Went for Christmas Eve as we are in town for a cruise. Mario and his staff took care of us very well. Great food, sangria, and mojitos.
  • Joe V.
    Joe VNovember 19, 2013
    Mario is the best!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MacDonaldSeptember 27, 2013
    Mario is awesome great service unreal food
  • Peter M.
    Peter MagnaniSeptember 22, 2013
    Sangria is off the hook.
  • Erick B.
    Erick B.August 14, 2013
    This place blew ass. The services was horrible and the owner was an asshole.
  • Adnan M.
    Adnan ManjalAugust 13, 2013
    A Cuban gem in Ft Lauderdale. The salmon and shrimp in red sauce was fantastic. Service, music and ambience were perfection. Try a bottle of Argentinian Malbec red wine.
  • Charity Dine
    Charity DineJuly 29, 2013
    Great place for authentic Cuban food!
  • Erika C.
    Erika CollingtonJuly 29, 2013
    Food was amazing. Waiters were all great and we will be going again!
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SepulvedaJuly 28, 2013
    The food is delicious and service is awesome, Leslie is a great server!
  • Tech T.
    Tech TeddyJuly 7, 2013
    The half appetizer is great for 2-3 people :-)
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SchumJune 16, 2013
    Try the Catalina Combination. You get to sample all of Mario's traditional Cuban dishes.
  • Boranbay
    BoranbayMay 15, 2013
    Great place!!! Excellent food!!! Friendly staff!!! I want to come back ...
  • Amber G.
    Amber Garrison DuncanApril 23, 2013
    Absolutely wonderful! Empanadas were great start! Good food, excellent service. Oh Tres Leche...Even met Mario!
  • Jason C.
    Jason ClewellMarch 13, 2013
    Mario's favorite FTW
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy Shapiro-FuchsJanuary 8, 2013
    You must absolutely meet Mario!! His persona is what makes dining here extraordinary.
  • Paula M. A.
    Paula M. AmatoJanuary 7, 2013
    Rip off customer then gives a gift certificate, never will go back, food was nothing special, avoid this place
  • Jean T.
    Jean TinleyDecember 29, 2012
    Amazing food! No Cuban sandwiches today. This is fine dining :) Johnny was the best waiter! The flan is astonishing. Cuban coffee is excellent. Ham croquettes & empanadas delicious :)
  • Mary-Lauren S.
    Mary-Lauren StephensDecember 19, 2012
    A pitcher of Sangria is a must!
  • Orad R.
    Orad ReshefAugust 9, 2012
    Ask to see the desert menu. Even if you don't order anything, you won't regret it.
  • Forrest
    ForrestJuly 17, 2012
    Beautiful place and friendly service!
  • Reece A.
    Reece AlkireJune 30, 2012
    Wonderful service with superb food.
  • Warren A.
    Warren AbbottJune 8, 2012
    Wow! This place is amazing. Mario took the menus away from us and said he'll cook us something good. He shocked us with the greatness of what this restaurant has to offer. Great job!
  • John B.
    John BarrowMay 20, 2012
    The meat empanadas are incredible!
  • Greg L.
    Greg LicholaiMarch 18, 2012
    Get the oysters. Best I've ever had
  • Nick H.
    Nick HetlandJanuary 13, 2012
    Mario is the man. Really good Cuban food.
  • Jered W.
    Jered WeberNovember 29, 2011
    A great experience for your first Cuban experience. Great food and great service!
  • Christina
    ChristinaNovember 16, 2011
    food was delicious and service was even better
  • allison a.
    allison anglerNovember 8, 2011
    I never really ate Cuban before but now I am a fan!!
  • Denise G.
    Denise GongoraMay 11, 2011
    The food is amazing!!!! I ordered a tamale con lechon and it melts in your mouth! Mojito is awesome too!
  • Juan P.
    Juan PisaniJanuary 21, 2011
    Great food, great wine selection and amazing desserts! 10 points on service. A must from now on
  • Fred S.
    Fred ShermanSeptember 12, 2010
    Wonderful place fit a romantic and fabulous dinner. Recommend the frozen sangria and quattro letche cake. Fabulous ap platter. Five stars!
  • Ana C.
    Ana Compain-RomeroAugust 9, 2010
    Absolutely, hands down, super amazing Cuban food. Do not even think twice about it...you simply must come. Have the Catalina platter for starters.
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